PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WMBF) - Junior golfers from across the country traveled to the Grand Strand for the 21st Annual Palmetto High School Golf Classic in Pawleys Island at the True Blue Golf Club.
After a washout on Friday players return to the course for the final round Saturday morning.
The Palmetto Golf Championship welcomed in 29 teams from six states including Texas and California to compete in the 54-hole college style event.
Palmetto’s distinguished alums include current PGA Tour player Rickie Fowler who won the championship in 2006.
True Blue Head Golf Professional, Bart Romano said this tournament showcases some of the top junior golfers in the country.
“These kids are being exposed to great golf and great golf courses in the Grand Strand is good for everybody,” said Ramano.
Jaden Cantafio from Mater Dei in Santa Ana, California shot a (-5) to lead Mater Dei to victory in the Palmetto High School Golf Championship.
Woodruff High School won the First Flight championship, besting Arapahoe by seven shots.
Woodruff’s Daniel Brasington won medalist honors, shooting a 70 at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club.
“Anytime you can have good competition it’s great because you get better, that’s the goal,” said Brasington.
For golfers like Michael Williams who’s team had to raise money to compete in the tournament, was grateful to those investing in junior golfers.
“I’m just thankful because it shows that other people care and want other people to have a good time,” said Williams.
As for the future of Junior Golf in Horry County Romano has watched the sport continue to expand in the golf capital the world.
“It’s been a huge boom especially in the last 18 years and it’s only getting bigger,” said Romano.
True Blue will be playing host to next years Palmetto High School Golf Classic and hope to bring in more Junior Golfers from across the country.